Newcastle In France After Mbia and Lille’s Adil Rami

With Newcastle United’s bid of £5M for Stephene Mbia of Rennes being turned down on Friday there is a report in the News Of The World today that a Newcastle delegation will fly to France today in an attempt to get the deal finalized for both Stephane Mbia and Adil Rami.


Adil Lille – 23 year old Lille center back

We have no idea if this story is true, but after yesterday’s debacle at Blackburn we hope it is true, because we are probably doomed to relegation if we can’t bring at least 4-5 new players in during the January transfer window.

And those Newcastle fans who say it would be best to be relegated and build from the Championship – don’t you believe it, there’s no money down there, and the club would be losing millions in TV rights, and it would be so much harder to get good players while we are in the Championship – no thanks.

We’d also need to let a number of our players leave, because we just couldn’t afford their wages in the Championship – it’s simply business 101. You have to run the club on what you are bringing in. and the TV rights would be substantially lower since we wouldn’t be in the Premier League.

Rami is a Lilles defender, born in December, 1985 in Bastia and is of Moroccan descent and plays in central defense. In March of last year he received his first call-up for the full France national football team, a surprising decision by France manager Raymond Domenech as Rami played only 17 Ligue 1 matches at that time.

That number has gone up to over 30 now, and the 6’2″ defender has also played once for the France B side – so this boy, from what we can find out, looks to be of very good pedigree.

Manager Joe Kinnear sees Rami as the player to help bolster his defense, which is again starting to leak goals, with 12 goals now conceded in the last 4 league games, where we have picked up only a solitary point. 🙁

Unfortunately the 23 year-old Rami has also caught the eye of Marseille, Lyon and Manchester United.

The news is that Newcastle are ready to increase their bid for Mbia from £5M, but whether they can persuade Rennes to sell in January, when the team are so well positioned in 3rd place in Ligue 1 is another story.

Lille play Rennes today with a 3:00 pm kick off time, and the Newcastle delegation will be there – or so the NOTW is reporting, and we don’t know if there’s any truth in this.

We just hope there is.

Newcastle fans will have to hope that Newcastle will have some significant success this next week in the transfer market, because it’s very clear we will just not survive in the Premier League this season with our current squad, which has also recently been decimated by injuries.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Good news if true but once again. It is NOTW

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    “We’re s*!t and we’re sick of it”

    That chant says it all realy 🙁

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    tom toon / anyone is this guy any good? He has represented the France B team so he must be decent

  • AussieToon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Another week of lies…..

    Get ready my good men, were in for a corker!

  • Ericles

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    It is a NOTW piece remember! Wait and see again.

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    i have no faith in our shit owner. he will buy zero quality. he is out for cheap dross crap players only.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I really have no respect for Kinnear. Lets face it he did us a favour taking us on when no one would but he is not the man to take us forward. His tactics and motivational skills are obviously lacking and injuries included he has not done a good enough job. We have some outstanding youngsters who could have been given a chance and he thinks smith coming back will solve some of our problems. Our squad size os fine…we just have heaps of crap players

  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Meanwhile Bolton have a loan bid in for Pogrebnyak, with his agent saying a permanent deal would be ‘more interesting for Zenit and Pavel’.

    Our recruitment team either don’t want real quality or they are simply THAT lazy!

  • Antti

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, I can’t stop admire your optimism.

  • Mikeflame

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    i dunno what to think! he did splash out on Collo to bolster up the defence so might do same to bolster other weak areas like CM! well im bloody hoping so anyway! plus like he says he wants to sit in the stands again and only way to do that is buybuybuy! might sound faaar too optimistic but if we got on a good run we’d be top half pushing for europe in no time but we have good players we now need to bolster this to create a good squad! man i really am far too optimistic this morning, pretty sure im not pissed too!

  • Nick D

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Only plus point of going down is that we would lose our crap manager and all our over paid , aging, has beens and sick note dross who don’t give a ….and we would be forced to play the youngsters.

    It would be great to give some of them a go in the premiership though. At least M’bia nd Rami are the right age, cos I can’t watch Butt any more. The sooner he is wheeeled off the better.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    This is bullsh1t!

    Ashley spend or fck off!

  • Partizan

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Both of them would cost 12 mill minimum

    8,5 mill for Mbia
    3,5mill for Rami

    It’s always good to do business with Lille cos most of the times they sell their players for a normal price….

    Stephan Lichtsteiner….1.6 mill
    Mathieu Bodmer……….5 mill

    I hope this Rame guy is not one of the inflated ones like Keita 15 mill and Odemwingie 14 mill.

  • Californication

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    This is quite a pivotal week. No more excuses, no more spin. Money must be spent and players must be through the door. Period.

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    i actually want us to go down lads. our club is rotten from the top to the bottom. we need to go down, get rid of every one and start all over again, inc a new manager and new owner hopefully, just about every player has no interest. its ashleys fault though. the proffesionalisum and ‘right way’ of doing things starts at the top and filters down. whatever attitude the owener has towards the club will filter through the entire club and eventually show itself on the pitch, as it is now. basically, the owner does not give a shit so the players also dont give a shit about newcastle either. apathy and rot is everywhere. jfk is a complete idiot so i guess its only fair that ashley does offer him a long term post. bunch of fcuking idiots together, the lot of them.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Craig – you cant say that mate. If we go down that will be the death of NUFC in more ways than one. I know the situation is pants but we need to stay up and write off this season again and start a fresh in August – god willing.

    I know its a NOTW article but after all the, how do we put it, bollocks in the papers and out of the mouth of JFK its hard to beleive anything that is written or said about NUFC.

    Why did jfk tell the world we bid £5 million. You should not discuss figures. I dont recall any other manager mention figures in open forum.

    If yesterday wasnt a last wake up call to our fearless chairman (sarcasm) and money bags (joke) owner then we are truely doomed.

    Its not just the defeat – its the fact it was 3 nil and we (as a team on the pitch) gave up!

  • Darling27

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Not gonna happen. No one is coming into the club and Mike Ashley will reveal we have no money after 02/02/09 after giving us the run around for the last 4 weeks.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    No comment…

  • Ross

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s incredibly simple. The next two weeks will very probably turn out to be two of the most important weeks for our club in its history. With only two weeks of the window left and players desperatly needed before a game with the Scum immediatly following, these two weeks will define whether we’re given a bit of fighting spirit to make a conscious effort to stay in the top flight, or whether we lose all backbone, and whither away into the fizzy pop, and its all down to Ashleys shocking management of the club.

  • Doocey

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Adil is quite a good defender I can assure you. I’ve saw him playa few times and he hasn’t been short of great.
    Good to see we’re upping the M’Bia bid. M’Bia would make a great difference to our season

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Never seen Rami but I’d buy him just to put Colo in midfield.

  • pubcat

    Jan 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Going down is not what we want, absolutely not! Having said that though, it doesn’t always have to be the end of the world either. It used to be that if your side went down, you’d sigh, kick the cat but take it philosophically and fight your way back up. You can’t have a state where relegation is disastrous, because outside the top 4 or 5 it can happen to ANY team. It’s a very unhealthy situation today. One small consolation in the worst case scenario is all the good young players we’re getting in. Yes, I know that is not going to solve anything right now.

    Personally, I don’t think it will come down to the worst case scenario, but believe it’ll be a scrape if we don’t improve very soon. I think Portsmouth should be worried (if they prove me wrong today…well, it’ll be interesting!), Boro, Stoke…lots of teams.
    In recent games we’ve been wasting a lot of scoring chances, so for a start we need to keep faith and try to keep creating early chances, because surely we can find ourselves a couple of goals to the good after 30 mins if we get more clinical.
    Maybe JK needs to focus on that as much as anything in training?

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m in agreement with Tom_Toon, if we can get another CB with the quality of Bassong, then why not use Colo as our DM and replace Butt!
    Only prob I could see with Rami, is he not left footed too? Two left footed cb’s could cause problem, it shouldnt, but might?!!

  • chuck

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Dont believe theres that kind of dosh available, Would be satisfied with Mbia.
    That would give us the midfield engine room we so badly need, pair him with Joey and you have a pretty physical and hard working inside pair.
    Niether is a Beardsley but we can go for a playmaker come summer.

  • Sav

    Jan 19, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Wll if Joe went to see him today he wasted his time. Rennes won 2-1 but Mbia was injured. He’s described as a ‘utility player’.
    Rami played for Lille and got a yellow card.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Lille won 1-0 mate and M’Bia played 81 minutes, basically all of us watched the match.


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